We are a homeschooling family as you know and I do something with my kids 5 to 6 days a week known as our "kidschool" which takes place in the morning after our devotional time and we all are gathered (sweetly for the most part) around for me to read stories, go over things that I am excited to share with my kids, educational games and more. It can last anywhere from two hours or a bit longer. It just depends. Then we break up and my kids get excited for their individual studies (learning with one on one), more family work (chores), and so forth. You could say that most of the time we are all excited for our chores. They have their days!
We do a lot of reading in our home and love every minute of it. I love that my children enjoy reading as well just as much as I do. Why? Because to some reading is just simply reading but to many of us out there it is so much more powerful. So many doors are opened becasue of it and we grow not only individually but together as well. I guess this is why I teared up reading Petunia aloud to my children.
"It was not enough to carry wisdom under my wing. I must put it in my mind and in my heart. And to do that I must learn to read."
After we finished this book a thought entered my mind of why I felt these words strongly in my own heart and mind. We will often go places and people often ask my kids what they learned in school today. They always smile and say that they are homeschooled and how they were able to read so much that day. Such beautiful answers as yes, we read a lot and so much of learning is from reading with added projects and more. We are able to do so much but I will say that reading jump starts so many things!
I have found an eternal book friend who is my book twin! We became friends through belonging to the same groups online which all include books. It is wonderful. Brenda and I have read books that speak the same volumes to us and I truly cherish our book conversations. We just get one another and it is a wonderful thing. Hello Brenda!!!!!
I cannot imagine my children not being able to experience the Gospel through scriptures, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Little House Series, Pinocchio, Frederick Douglass, Mary Seacole, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Linocln, The Trumpet of the Swan, Number the Stars and The Harry Potter Series, along with all of of the great people and works from long ago through today.
So, yes! We must put the written words in our minds and our hearts!